Have you ever closed the door to leave for work and wondered “What is my pet going to do all day?”? Are you curious to learn what Fido does whenever you’re gone for hours on end? As it turns out, man’s best friend has quite the daily agenda laid out when their owners leave them at home.
Some dogs are naturally more independent than others. If your dog craves attention and can’t be away from you, then you might be worried about leaving them at home.
Here are several things that your dogs do when they’re left at home. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t just sit and stare at the front door until you come home.
1. They Pace Around
Leaving dogs alone can be a frightening thought, especially for those of you that are either new dog owners or have only ever placed your dog(s) in a crate when you leave the house.
One of the best new dog owner tips we can give you is this: get a feel for your dog’s temperament. All pets are different. Some are perfectly fine on their own from the get-go, while others need an adjustment period to figure out how to handle being alone.
No matter their temperament or personality, almost every dog feels a physical and mental separation from its owner when you leave the house. This can make them anxious, which will cause them to pace around the house. It’s their body’s natural reaction to stress, as the exercise will help release more dopamine (the feel-good hormone) in their brain to help them relax.
If you want to give them a bit more space to run around and burn off some energy in the process, then consider investing in a Colorado Classic Exteriors patio door with pet door. You can teach them to go in and out of the house as they please to burn off some steam.
2. Playtime Galore
Most pet owners want to imagine that their dog, cat, etc. are using their time away from their owner to catch up on some much-needed playtime. You’ll be happy to hear/read that is exactly how they’re spending a majority of their time.
As we mentioned, exercise is your pet’s natural way of burning off more energy and helping the brain produce more dopamine and endorphins. This will have them feeling happy and well while mom and dad are away.
Many experts recommend that you invest in several items for them to play with by themselves. Doing so can help them pass the time and keep them from getting into things they shouldn’t. Remember this: if you don’t give them toys to play with, they’ll find other ways to entertain themselves—and get themselves into trouble.
For all of you dog owners, consider investing in a treat dispenser, a big ball, and a few chew toys. If you have cats at home, you can consider a scratch post or other interactive toys that they will enjoy. The goal is to keep them busy.
3. They Eat Nasty Things
We didn’t want to put it in the header, but we’re specifically referring to your pet eating poop. If you’re leaving dogs alone in a house, then you might be shocked at their behavior. It’s like the old saying goes “you never know what people do when they’re alone”.
You might be surprised to find out that your dog or cat is actually eating poop to keep their living space clean. At least their intentions are good!
If you ever catch your dog eating their own poop, it might be a sign that they need more nutrients and minerals in their diet. Consider switching to a different type of dog food if you ever catch them in the act.
For those of you that also have a cat in the house, you might want to guard that litter box. It’s a gold mine for puppies that are looking for a little snack.
4. Sleep, Sleep, and Sleep
Whether you intend to or not, you might be stressing out your dog while you’re at home. When their owners are constantly walking from room to room, dogs do their best to keep up by following you like a shadow.
After all of that exercise, little Fido takes advantage of any time he/she can get to rest. Whenever you aren’t home, they seize the opportunity to get some much-needed shut-eye.
You should take your pet’s sleeping as a compliment. Dogs and cats can sleep as much as they wish because they feel safe and secure. Well done, mom and dad!
5. Tapping Their Toes
You may have asked yourself in the past “do dogs get bored?” The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, their boredom is what leads them to do bad, ornery things like get into the trash, chew on your toothbrush, etc.
You’ll want a safe way to combat that. Take a few minutes to consider what your dog enjoys doing while your home. For example, if they enjoy watching outside, then keep the window open for them while you’re gone. They’ll spend hours watching and enjoying the view!
You wouldn’t be able to sit in a house all day without any type of noise or entertainment. Why would you expect your pet to be able to?
Throw Man’s Best Friend a Bone
Now that you’ve learned that man’s best friend is just as likely to get bored as humans are, it’s time to throw them a bone!
Experiment with different ways to entertain them while you’re gone. If they start getting into things they know they shouldn’t, then take it as a sign they need some other form of entertainment.
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